• Things to make or read

    Over time, I will add resources to this website that will help you explore the night sky. And if you are a teacher, you will find the resources helpful in your teaching of some sections of the Australian Curriculum: Science Earth & Space Sciences component. Amazing Space! Student Newsletter Download a free ‘Amazing Space!’ student […]

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  • Customised Astronomy & Satellite Viewing Information For Your Location

    Introduction Heavens-Above.com provides free customised information for your location including whole sky star charts, predictions for the visibility of the International Space Station and other satellites (including Iridium flares). Bookmarks for all capital cities are provided below. If you are located elsewhere, you can customise one of the below links to your location. All you […]

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  • Educators

    Free student astronomy newsletter You can download a free ‘Amazing Space!’ student newsletter for each term. The newsletter’s content will vary but currently includes finder charts for planets visible to the unaided eye (in the early evening sky), where to look for easily recognisable constellations and Moon phases for the months of that term. Potential […]

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Southern Hemisphere Sky Events Blog Posts

Two celestial events on the same night! Uranus at opposition and total lunar eclipse Wednesday 8 October 2014

(Posted 1 October 2014) I love celestial coincidences. In fact the only thing better than having two celestial ‘events’ occurring on the same night is having the two events happening near each other. This is happening next Wednesday (8 October 2014) when both a total lunar eclipse will occur at the same time the planet Uranus […]

Asteroid 2014 RC passes Earth tomorrow morning (with finder chart)

(Posted 7 September 2014) Asteroid 2014 RC will safely pass the Earth tomorrow morning at a distance of only 34,000 km at 4:18 am AEST (Monday 8 September) Australian time. Astronomically speaking that is extremely close and shows that the Earth still faces an ongoing threat from being bombarded from outer space. Asteroid 2014 RC […]

Planet spotting doesn’t get any easier than this! See Mercury, Mars and Saturn without a telescope.

(Posted 24 August 2014) Planet spotting doesn’t get any easier at present with three planets (Mercury, Mars and Saturn) now visible in evening sky. Mars and Saturn are the highest in the sky and don’t set until late evening. Mars sets the latest just after 11 pm AEST on the Gold Coast (setting times for […]

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Correctly scaled image of Earth compared to photo…

Correctly scaled image of Earth compared to photo of giant AR2192 sunspot. nightskyonline.info/?p=14902 http://t.co/SkHZmx41A4

The photo I just tweeted of the Sun was taken usin…

The photo I just tweeted of the Sun was taken using a 250 mm lens DSLR equiped with a solar filter to save my eyes!!!

Giant sunspot AR2192 visible to unaided eyes. WARN…

Giant sunspot AR2192 visible to unaided eyes. WARNING!! Use safe solar viewing methods like approved eclipse glasses. http://t.co/h6CZcDBT9C

Education Blog Posts

Comparison image of giant sunspot AR2192 with Earth. Summary …. it’s really big!

(Posted 25 October 2014) The Earth is only 0.9% the diameter of the Sun. I have read that so many times but it is only when you start comparing the Earth to other celestial objects that you realise how small it is. Take for instance, the giant sunspot AR2192 currently located on the Earth facing […]

4 April 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse Information Sheet

(Posted 24 October 2014) To assist you with your planning for this event, I have uploaded an information sheet about it. Download the information sheet here: 4_April_2015_Total_Lunar_Eclipse_information_sheet

2015 Astronomy and Space Teaching Opportunities

(Posted 17 October 2014) This list is provided to assist schools with planning for 2015. More information on these predictable events will be added to this page once this terms report writing ‘season’ is out of the way for me. Note that the list is biased towards events that occur in the evening sky and are […]

My Astronomy Blog

Comparison image of giant sunspot AR2192 with Earth. Summary …. it’s really big!

(Posted 25 October 2014) The Earth is only 0.9% the diameter of the Sun. I have read that so many times but it is only when you start comparing the Earth to other celestial objects that you realise how small it is. Take for instance, the giant sunspot AR2192 currently located on the Earth facing […]

My photo of the eclipsed Moon and Uranus taken with a camera on a tripod

(Posted 11 October 2014) After seeing the photograph taken by my friend’s eight year old son of the planet Uranus during this weeks total lunar eclipse, I checked my images and found the below image. Sadly due to the poor tripod I was using almost all of the other images have to be discarded because the […]

How young can you be and photograph the seventh planet from the Sun?

(Posted 9 October 2014) How young can you be and still successfully photograph the seventh planet from the Sun? Turns out the answer is eight. My good friend’s son Hadar (named after the second brightest of the two ‘Pointer  stars‘) photographed the lunar eclipse last night and succeeded in photographing Uranus. Uranus by coincidence was at […]

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